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The Elephant Wrestler

138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, North Shore, New Zealand
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Sun - Wed - 12.00pm – 10.30pm
Thurs - Sat - 12.00pm - 1.00am

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  • Disabled Access
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Alfresco Dining
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About The Elephant Wrestler

In 1912 a bloke who would soon become known as The Elephant Wrestler came to Takapuna. By 1939 he had world wrestling championship bout to his name and was also known to take on larger species of the animal kingdom thus said elephants came to fear him but locals came to love him. So let us raise a toast to your larger than life local.

Cuisine: Modern New Zealand, All You Can Eat, Banquet, BBQ & Grill, Child Friendly, Dessert, Gastro Pub, Pizza, Salads, Small Plates, Steak, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Vegetarian
Dress Code: Casual,Smart Casual,Smart Casual
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Visited On Thursday, 13 December 2018

Great service. Great food.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 December 2018

An excellent setting for an office get together at the end of a busy year. The service was first class and the express menu was value for money.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

Large group, pre-ordered food, everything arrived PEREFECTLY! Menu huge - lots to choose from - and portions generous! Brilliant for work party or families. Thanks to the staff - they were awesome! Darel

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Visited On Monday, 10 December 2018

Highly reccomend

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Hi Laken, Highly Recommended. Thanks so much. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit with us and we will ensure that your feedback is passed on to the team. Please do come back and see us soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

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Hi Yang Yang, Thanks for your feedback on the requested fields. It looks like you enjoyed yourselves and we hope we see you again soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

We had a great time. Lovely food and very good service!

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HI Liz, 5 Star all round!! Thanks and we are pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us. We look forward to seeing you on what we hope will be a number of return visits.

Responded On Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Great night, as ther was a large group we had the banquet menu, food was lovely

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Hi Sandra, We are so pleased you enjoyed the banquet. Keep an eye out in February for the new styled group sharing menu we will be starting. We are so pleased you enjoyed the food and your whole visit. Please do come and see us again soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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Visited On Thursday, 22 November 2018

I have nothing but amazing things to say about this place. The staff are absolutely amazing. I was there on Thursday night and stupidly left me wallet behind when I left. Didn't realise until the next morning. Called them first thing, at that stage they weren't aware it had been handed in. Called me back within ten minutes to advise they had found it and everything was still in there. I had my credit card, bank card, driver's licence and $300 in cash. Unbelieveable!!!! Not too many places you could go to in this day and age and have that happen. I LOVE THE ELEPHANT WRESTLER1111 THIS PLACE IS THE BEST AND ROCKS1111

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Hi Chezza, we are so pleased that you got all your property back and thank goodness for good honest people still being around. Thanks for your feedback and review and you lovely words but we can't take credit for decent people. Faith restored. Have a great CHristmas and come and see us again soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Firstly the bar ran out of Appleton's Rum, then later in the evening the Bar manager decided to instruct one of the bouncers to evict one of my guests, and after asking the bouncer the reason, a satisfactory reason could not be given, when there were other patrons significantly louder and smashing glasses !!

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HI Richard, Thanks for your feedback. Firstly apologies on running out of Appleton's it is a very demanding time of year and sometimes we just do not have the correct holding of back up stock on particular product lines. For this I am sorry. In relation to the ejection of one of your guests I am sorry that this has happened but we are guided by very strict host responsibility rules and always endeavour to find a balance here. I have security notes on 4 ejections on the night due to a number of different reasons. We have very clear responsibilities when it comes to meeting our legal obligations here and we take these responsibilities very seriously. If you would like to discuss this further can I suggest that we take this off line and you can feel free to email me on [email protected] Thanks and hope to be able to clear this up with you .

Responded On Tuesday, 04 December 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Thank you so much for making our staff Christmas party such a successful event. The service was outstanding, the meals all came to the table in a timely manner and were well presented, yummy and great value for money. I would highly recommend the Elephant Wrestler for large group events.

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Hi Philipa, Thanks again for your feedback. We are so very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and that the team at The Elephant Wrestler could help make your Christmas Party a special celebration for all your team. I am glad that you felt the service was outstanding and that everyone was pleased with their food. Please remember us next time you are looking to organise something for your team or just come and visit again when you can. Have a great Christmas and best wishes to your team.

Responded On Tuesday, 04 December 2018
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Visited On Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Fantastic Gluten Free menu, and the food was very tasty. Lovely decor and friendly staff.

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HI Shaundra, We are very pleased that you enjoyed your visit and the Gluten Free menu. It really is so popular as is the vegan and vegetarian menu. We are also pleased that staff helped make your visit memorable. We do hope that we see you again soon, and spread the word about the GF menu. Cheers and thanks again.

Responded On Thursday, 29 November 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 18 November 2018

Wonderful friendly staff and loved the meals. Would certainly go again.

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Hi Nicola, Thanks for your feedback and your 4 Star Rating. We are glad that you enjoyed your food and that staff took good care of you. Please do come back and see us again soon.

Responded On Thursday, 29 November 2018
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Visited On Friday, 23 November 2018

The staff are really great.

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Hi Dave, thanks so much for your feedback. We will certainly ensure the staff are made aware that you were pleased. We sincerely hope that we see you again soon.

Responded On Sunday, 25 November 2018
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Visited On Monday, 19 November 2018

Great food deals and awesome quality highly recommended.

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Hi Ricardo, Thanks for your kind words. Monday is such an awesome deal right? We are glad that you enjoyed everything and we hope that we do see you again soon.

Responded On Wednesday, 21 November 2018
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Visited On Thursday, 15 November 2018

Arranged a 10 person surprise party for my husband in their stunning courtyard area. It’s such a gorgeous venue and their large tables make it great for bigger parties. Everyone mentioned the food was top notch and the wait staff were very tentative. They didn’t even blink and eye when 4 unexpected guests joined our party. Thanks for making his birthday extra special!

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HI Jacky, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and that we could make the surprise party for your husband a special celebration. We are also so pleased that the team delivered as should be expected. Thank you for your 5 STar Rating and the lovely words you have shared. We really hope that we get to see you again soon.

Responded On Wednesday, 21 November 2018
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Visited On Wednesday, 07 November 2018

3 steaks were overcooked but still enjoyable. No water offered, when asked for it never arrived.

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HI Omar, Thanks for taking the time to give us this very valuable feedback. We are really appreciative of you taking the time to do so as all feedback is appreciated and valued. I will certainly be passing your feedback onto both the Head Chef and the Front of House Manager. We do hope that you will visit us again soon.

Responded On Friday, 09 November 2018
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Visited On Thursday, 25 October 2018

Great night had by the team

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Hi Cushla, we are super stoked that you had a great night with the team and that everyone appears to have had a good time. Remember us next time you are heading out as we would love to look after you all again soon.

Responded On Friday, 09 November 2018
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Visited On Wednesday, 24 October 2018

The range of food was great for our mixed group. Services was really good.

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Hi Chris, We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us and that you felt that your group was well catered for. That is certainly what we set out do and claim the Takapuna's Social Kitchen tag!! It is so nice to get such lovely feedback and we truly appreciate you taking the time to do so. Thanks for the 5 Star Ratings as well. Lets hope that we get to see you and your group again soon.

Responded On Thursday, 25 October 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Honestly, the best service! We were a large group and you were so accommodating and helpful, the birthday balloons were a super special touch - thank you! Unfortunately I can’t remember our waitress’ name (she was blonde, English?) but she was INCREDIBLE! So, so attentive and willing to help in anyway she could! Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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HI Becs, WOW!! Thanks so much. It is amazing when we get feedback like this and I can assure you the team will love to be getting thos feedback sent to them. Alex, your waitress, really is a superstar for us at The Elephant Wrestler. I am personally so thankful for your feedback and appreciate you taking the tome to do so and also for the 5 Star rating. We really do love taking care of our customers so at any point when you are out and about please do come back to see us be it a table of two or a table of 20. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 16 October 2018
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Visited On Thursday, 11 October 2018

Thank you for the wonderful evening with amazing service. Was a great night and enjoyed by all.

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HI Tonie, Thanks so much for your lovely feedback, We are sop leased that you have enjoyed all aspects of your visit and we really hope that we see you again very soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 16 October 2018
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Visited On Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Great food and atmosphere for quiz night. Shame about the shameless cheating from the quiz winners who had their phones out for the entire quiz.

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Hi Tracy, THanks for your review. You are a very valued customer and appreciate your feedback. If you think someone is cheating in the future then please just make Kat aware of your concerns. This is just meant to be for fun but I agree with you if you are cheating to win then it takes the fun out of it for everyone else. We look forward to your continued support on Tuesdays and throughout the year.

Responded On Tuesday, 16 October 2018
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Visited On Wednesday, 05 September 2018

I booked this table two weeks in advance and when we got there we were put on two separate tables. I asked to pre order food and was told someone would call me no one called, I had to call back. The table we moved to outside was far too small to hold the food we ordered and this should have been known by the wait staff. It was an uncomfortable dinner, with nowhere to put plates.

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Hi Sue, I am very embarrassed to say that I in fact took your reservation and did fail to pass on your details to avoid this exact situation. I am very sorry for that. I understand that your team were on a team night out and that The Elephant Wrestler should not have been the "Escape room" experience. We should have been the relaxing part. I will contact you via phone later this afternoon and figure out some compensation for your experience.

Responded On Friday, 07 September 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 02 September 2018

Great afternoon, awesome live music, definitely be back!

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Hi Steve, thank so much for your feedback, we truly appreciate you taking time to do so. We also appreciate your kind words and hope that we see you again soon. Follow us on facebook and you will be able to see when White Chapel Jak are back,

Responded On Friday, 07 September 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 02 September 2018

fathers day lunch enjoyed by all.

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HI David, may I say am really glad that you enjoyed your fathers day experience with us. We are pleased that you enjoyed the service and I will ensure the team see your feedback. We do hope that we see you again really soon.

Responded On Friday, 07 September 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 02 September 2018

Had a brilliant Sunday afternoon session at the Elephant Wrestler, there was a great band playing so we booked a table, the service was really quick & attentive, all the servers & bar staff were really friendly. The Elephant platter we ordered was massive & delicious. Great way to round out the weekend, Elephant Wrestler is well worth a visit.

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Hi Scott, firsty thank you for taking the time to give us such detailed feedback, we are so pleased that you enjoyed yourself and yes the band on Sunday was amazing. We love them also. We do appreciate your lovely words and the 5 Star Ratings that you have given us We do hope that we see you again soon as the menu is changing next week and would be great of you get to sample it.

Responded On Friday, 07 September 2018
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